Pompeo Is 1st Top US Diplomat To Visit An Israeli Settlement

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint statement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, Pool)

(AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has become the first top U.S. diplomat to visit an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank. The State Department meanwhile announced that products from the settlements can be labeled “Made in Israel” in a major policy shift. The two moves reflected the Trump administration’s acceptance of Israeli settlements, which the Palestinians and most of the international community view as a violation of international law and a major obstacle to peace. Pompeo also announced that the U.S. would brand the international Palestinian-led boycott movement as “anti-Semitic” and bar any groups that participate in it from receiving government funding. It was not immediately clear which groups would be affected by the move.


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